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Address: 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-7574
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Description: Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the...
Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the first iron furnace constructed in rural Frederick County.
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Lovely

Stopped on a whim and so glad I did! Beautiful old ruins of the furnace and stone mansion along an easy trail.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Freedom, Pennsylvania, United States
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Freedom, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Stopped on a whim and so glad I did! Beautiful old ruins of the furnace and stone mansion along an easy trail.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is great park for hiking and picnicing. It is close to Route 15 and Cotoctin Forest and park. Well worth the short trip if you are in the area.

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It's nothing spectacular like Hopewell Furnace in PA but it does have a nice, easy to walk 1/4 mile trail with 6 stops along the way describing the parts of the forest and how they were used with the furnace. Easy to find off of Rt. 15. We stopped on our way to Catoctin National Park. It doesn't cost anything,... More 

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Freeland, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Liked the hike and self guided tour. Couldn't find a letterbox that was supposed to be hidden here but otherwise fun spot to explore.

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maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Nice leisure hike in the woods. Lots of wild flowers, a clear running stream, amd of course several historic landmarks.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Hard to believe that 100 years ago the glorious green hills around Thurmont were stripped bare to feed this iron mill and the fresh air here smelled like rotten eggs. Amazing how Mother Nature regenerates. Really interesting stop!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

There is not much left of interest at these old stone buildings that were Catoctin Furnace. The good news is it is free and right on the roadside. Combine it with a drive to the Cunningham Falls hike - and- Just north one minute is a unexpectedly diverse and fair sized zoo that is a gem in good weather.

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Howell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A nice history lesson. There is a trail (more of a light hike) at top that takes you thru all the history of the furnace and how it operated. It goes over Route 15 as well.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were disappointed by the lack of information at this site. Expected a lot more but the area did have other interesting sites to make the trip worthwhile.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Walked from Cunningham Falls State Park visitors' center on the Catoctin Furnace Trail to furnace and no signage directed us to the furnace. Missed it and ended up driving around to see it after discovering where it was located. Poorly maintained trail. Little information posted at site of furnace.

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